Upgrade Your Outdoor Living

October 30, 2019 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Do you love your home, but your backyard needs a facelift?   There’s a lot you can do no matter the space. Below is an older home… the owners wanted a makeover for their existing patio, so that’s exactly what we did, and now it’s perfect for entertaining. They now have something they are proud to call home.

Let’s take a closer look, below is the before image.

Before

The lack of a patio cover didn’t keep this family from using their backyard, but they were desperate for some shade.

After

This new space gives the family a great area to entertain or to just hang out and enjoy the day with much needed shade and fans. For the cooler months a gas fire pit was added to keep things cozy.

The home had a wall of windows with French doors, so by adding the covered area this helped extend the living room into an indoor-outdoor living style.

The flooring is a herringbone pattern brick floor. It is the perfect accent for this 558 square foot patio cover. We needed to address a drainage issue, so installed a French drain system with black gravel. This not only serves the purpose of the drainage, but helps define the patio space.

We added an outdoor kitchen along the side wall. We had to build out a brick wall to go behind the grill. This kitchen has just enough space for prepping and serving meals and is equipped with plenty of doors and drawers for storage. The vent hood is covered with the same granite as the counter.

The stained beams on the ceiling really pop against the light paint of the tongue and groove. The hardie wrapped columns keep the style of the new space in line with the home. What was once an average patio is now a floor-to-ceiling stunner!

Taking Luxury Outdoors

July 28, 2019 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Trending more and more each year is outdoor living, homeowners are now investing in a lifestyle that can be enjoyed on the exterior of the home. Life is short, so why not have your home be your own personal paradise. At Texas Custom Patios, we specialize in perfecting that outdoor living dream custom tailored to your home.

There are a few places where you can upgrade and take your outdoor living to the next level!

Outdoor Kitchens

Having a grill is nice, but having a built-in sizzler, sink and drink fridge is even nicer! We will custom build anything you want as long as it makes sense in the area that you would like. Meticulous detail goes into the design process so that you end up with something that is both beautiful and functional.

This kitchen is equipped with both a Big Green Egg and large gas grill, a microwave, a sink, plenty of storage and counter space. There is a full size fridge in the storage closet at the end of the space.

Technology

With the love for outdoor living becoming more popular, so has the enchantment for outdoor technology. We build our projects with sound systems, televisions, security, and safety in mind. Home automation is now taking a walk outside, making it even easier to throw that patio party.

This outdoor living room is installed with motorized drop screens that are embedded in the stone arches to help protect the space from sun and bugs. Not to mention on a super sunny day, the screens can be used so that the TV can be used too.

Seamless Transition

With a wall of sliding glass panels, it’s now hard to tell where the interior of a home ends and the exterior begins. These type of sliding doors makes for a wide-open transition between home and patio. Every home that likes to entertain needs to think about this addition a little more before closing the door on the idea.

Custom 4 leaf folding doors were installed here.

Add the Heat

Although heat is not something Texans yearn for, in the cooler months a fire feature comes highly recommended. It adds an extra flair to your outdoor living area, leaving you with a cozy place to make memories.

This fire pit area was created so 16 people could fit around it comfortably. S’mores, anyone?

There are so many fun things to add to your outdoor living space, take a look at our gallery to get more ideas.

The Stylish Six

May 30, 2019 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

Decking out a patio should be fun and come easy, but for most it can be quite daunting. Lauren Battistini a color strategist with LFB Color recently visited a Texas Custom Patio project and had 6 tips for building and decorating the perfect patio.

Click here to watch video!


1. Invest in permanent elements: The place to really invest your dollars is in the permanent elements such as woodworking, flooring, lighting fixtures, fans, grills, and counter tops. Select finishes that are as timeless and classic as possible, as you can update the space periodically and inexpensively with accents and decorative items.


2. Protect surfaces with the best paint and sealants: Be sure to invest in the highest quality paint and surface sealants to protect your hard surfaces against the elements. Choosing a high quality paint is very important, not only will it provide superior coverage and protection, but also include technology to keep colors from fading due to sunlight and other exposure.


3. Pick one to two colorful hues: As for color, Lauren recommends choosing one to two hues for items such as cushions, throw pillows, dinnerware, serving trays and other small accent pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix and match several shades within the same hue, such as lime, avocado, cucumber, and forest greens. Personalize the space with your own take on color. PRO TIP: Though white and cream are technically neutrals, they translate as color in the decor world. In this example, we used greens and whites as our two colors.


4. Add a unique touch with textures and patterns: Most textures and patterns can be mixed and matched seamlessly as long as they are in the same color (or neutral—white, cream, gray, beige, taupe, etcetera) family. Great ways to add texture and pattern is with throw pillows, light blankets, area rugs, artwork, and/or ceramic or glass pieces.


5. Everything has a designated place: The backyard patio should be a place that feels light, airy, and uncluttered. Keep small personalized knick-knacks in corners that aren’t the focal point of the space. Utilize decorative storage boxes and cabinets to store miscellaneous items, so that the space seems orderly and free of clutter.


6. Bring in faux or real plant life: If you don’t have a green thumb, fear not. You can purchase beautiful faux plants to bring into the patio space. This creates a calm and peaceful ambiance in any patio area. 

Survey Says….

April 27, 2019 Outdoor Living

Outdoor living has never been bigger! It’s great when everyone else catches on to what Texas Custom Patios has been passionate about for 15 years! We are dedicated to building you the most beautiful outdoor living space for your budget and in the time frame you need. Click here to see our handy timeline that tells you when to call and when to expect completion!

Article credit: RB Chimney & Hearth

Trending Styles in Outdoor Living

February 27, 2019 Outdoor Living, Patio Contractor, Patio Design

Mediterranean to modern, traditional to transitional, rustic, tropical, contemporary or even country … there are so many style designs that come to mind when creating your outdoor living space. While we specialize in custom patios that look original to your home, we can add flare in any direction that will leave you with something you love.

Here’s a small example of the different styles of projects we have done in the past:

 

And while we are planning …

You want to know how soon you’ll be able to enjoy your new outdoor style life?  Use the handy guide below to know when your custom patio project needs to begin in order to be completed by these commonly requested dates. Factors such as material supplies and weather prevent us from guaranteeing completion dates, but we understand your desire for having projects completed for the important elements of your outdoor style lifestyle. We created this guide to give us the best opportunity to serve you by getting started in a timely fashion for your desired completion date.  If for instance you are hoping to have something built by Memorial Day Weekend … NOW is the time to call and get the process started!

 

Trending in the Outdoor Living World

December 30, 2018 Outdoor Living, Patio Design

So many dream of the day they can have an outdoor living space.  While we are daydreaming, budgeting and getting a plan together to make that dream a reality, let’s look at what’s on trend in outdoor living.

  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Folding Doors
  • Fire Features
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Retractable Screens
  • Water Feature
  • Retractable Screens

We specialize in custom building your outdoor oasis to fit seamlessly with your home (including all of the above trends), so you can’t tell where your existing home stops and your new covered patio begins.  If you have a completion date in mind we have a nifty guide to help you know when to call us and get started!

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Best of 2018: Projects of the Month

December 30, 2018 Outdoor Living, Uncategorized

Each month we feature one of our most stunning projects, whether it be a covered patio or an outdoor kitchen with a beautiful fire feature, contemporary or traditional … we give you a glimpse of a highlighted completed project!  These projects were built in the greater Houston area and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Let’s take a look back at the projects that really stood out for 2018.

 

Click the link below to discover all details about these projects, including: cost range, size, materials and sketches!

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Where’s Your Bathroom?

May 29, 2018 Outdoor Living
We asked our Texas Custom Patio Project Managers what commonly asked questions they recieved?  Here’s what Dean had to offer up…

Commonly asked questions re: adding a restroom:

– I have a pool and want a place for guests to use the restroom without tracking water through the house, but how much does adding an outdoor restroom cost?
– Where should we put it?
– How big should it be?
– I just want a place for guests to rinse off, can we just have a shower head somewhere?

Answers to the above:

 – Outdoor bathrooms average about $15-$20K. There are exceptions where some bathrooms are more or less than that, but this is the average range. Included in that $15-$20K is roughly an 8×6 bathroom with a sink, toilet, and maybe a stand up shower unit. It will have foundation depth concrete, exterior walls to match or complement existing home finishes, shingled roof, plumbing/vents, at least one frosted window for natural light and finished/painted interior with trim.
 – Typically you want to put the bathroom off to the side of the property or connected to the end of a patio cover so it is out of the way. Location may also be dictated by the location of the sewer clean out pipe that we would have to tie into. The closer to the clean out pipe, the more cost effective we can be on the plumbing.
 – Yes, we can add just a shower head for guests to rinse off. We can also build a privacy wall if requested for the showering area.

Pros to adding a bathroom:

– Convenient restroom for guests both in and out of the pool
– You don’t have to let people into your house to use the restroom
– Convenient to wash off the chlorine smell after getting out of the pool
– Additional place to store towels or pool toys

Potential Hang-ups:

– Tying into the sewer may be difficult or may be completely unreachable
– The cost may be higher than expected for homeowners. When we build a bathroom, we are building a really small house. That one room needs to be vented, sealed to stay dry, and should also have some temperature control unit. If you don’t air condition that bathroom space, it will feel like a sauna in the middle of the summer.
– With a pool and patio cover, you may not have enough space or the right location to be able to add a bathroom
– Cost vs. value is not equal
But what doesn’t hurt is to ask!  We are happy to come out, take a look and give you a free estimate!

Have a project in mind? We work throughout the Houston and Dallas - Fort Worth areas.

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